Wall-mounting Airport Extreme Base Station?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by RedCroissant, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Hello all. I have a 2009 AEBS and I would like to mount it to the wall so that I won't have to bother routing the cables around shelves or bother with drilling holes through my shelves in the first place.

    I know that it can be wall mounted, but I don't have the accessories to do so normally.

    Would it be feasible to mount it using a 4-5 nails and using the space between the base and the case of the AEBS to support it? I know it might not be recommended, but is the case strong enough to withstand it?
  2. mellofello macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    I had mine zip tied to cork board for a few years may not be the most elegant solution but if it isn't highly visible who cares. Cork board also allows for very clean routing of wiring if you take your time.
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Is it the $40 for the part that you don't want to spend to wall mount it? I'm trying to figure out why you want to resort to nails and possibly damaging your router when more elegant and less (possible) damaging options exist.

    Further, I'm trying to figure out where you want to put the nails.... Your best bet would be to put it flush against the wall and nail around it so the nail heads hold the "top" (which I believe is the antennae portion). This would probably be the "safest" way to "nail it" to the wall....
  4. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    It's the fact that I have no money, but I do have tools/nails/screws.

    And that's what I'm trying to figure out; if I hammer few nails into a wall and then place the router onto the nails(so the nail heads would be between the case and the gray base), would that actually damage the device? Of course I don't want to damage it but I also would like to put it somewhere else.
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Sure, it'd work fine. If you don't want to scratch the case, you could space the screws out where they don't touch the AirPort, then use something (twine, Zip ties, whatever) from screw to screw forming a "net" that holds the router in place.
  6. Goodhur macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    I just used Grundtal hangers from ikea to mount mine. I made a write up and template at constanttinkering.wordpress.com
  7. cderalow macrumors 6502


    pretty sure he answered that question.

    I will however say, the H-Square option is an nice elegant solution to said problem.
  8. Goodhur macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    The same principle could be used with a washers, screws, anchors and some type of sleeve (like cut up ball point pen body)
    The sleeve would protect the router and hide the threads.

    BTW the Ikea Hangers are $8 total if you have local Ikea

  9. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    I like this idea a lot! Thanks for commenting on an older thread!
  10. Goodhur macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    You are welcome. I have been following this thread since the original post. Thought I'd share once I figured it out.

    PVC or Pex couplers/pipe should work as sleeves too. 1/2" or smaller diameter. let you washers be a couple mm larger than the sleeves. You may need to wrap the thread with tape or something to make them snug in the sleeves.
  11. Changen macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
  12. Goodhur macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    It is mounted above a coat closet door. There was electricity in the
    closet. The light was just a ceramic base with bulb and three prong
    outlet. I used a 1 1/2" hole saw pass wire through the drywall, no
    fire block is compromised above the door. The cat5e wires are all CMR
    rated. The power brick cable is not CM rated, so at your own risk. The
    power brick has surge protection from a portable laptop surge
    protector. The brick is held by an Ikea cutlery holder.

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  13. RedCroissant thread starter Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
  14. Goodhur macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    Right just feeds directly through wall 1.5 inch hole saw. The power cable is the only non wall rated wire. I am going to fit a piece of conduit in the hole later.
  15. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
  16. neili360 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2014
    $3 in parts

    Similar to Goodhur, which gave me the idea, but basic nylon parts from my neighborhood hardware store at under $3 for four sets. Nylon spacer and washer, plus screws. White tipped screws would have made it but they were about a 1/4" too short. And I added a small washer under the spacer to line up the groove.

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  17. sanjooo macrumors newbie


    Dec 12, 2016
    Great idea Neili360!! Thanks for sharing :)

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